Heat have made Whiteside, Johnson, Waiters available in trade talks

The Miami Heat have made Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson available in trade talks this summer, according to a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

The Heat, however, haven’t found a trade market for any of the players.

Whiteside is owed $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract. The 7-footer recently said he and coach Erik Spoelstra had a great talk in a Miami Hotel and is ready to put both his struggles on the court and complaints about reduced playing time behind him.

While several prominent members of the Heat want to move on from Whiteside, the franchise understands his trade value is heavily diminished and won’t move him for clutter.

Waiters, who has three years and roughly $36 million left on his contract, is coming off left ankle surgery, so opposing teams are unsure how he’s going to produce. The 26-year-old averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in the 30 games he appeared in before getting hurt, shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from three.

As for Johnson, Miami is eager to shed his contract, but aren’t especially optimistic about it. Johnson, who averaged 11.7 points in 2017-18, is due to make $19.2 million next season.

The Heat want to bring Dwyane Wade back. Miami surpassed the luxury tax threshold by more than $3 million to re-sign guard Wayne Ellington. The team’s projected tax payment is at $4.9 million, but if Wade agrees to return for the Heat’s $5.3 million exception, the tax would balloon well over $10 million.

Wade has yet to make a decision on whether he will return.